Champions travel to the Cottage for tricky Fulham test.
Venue: Craven Cottage, Saturday 3pm
Last season: Fulham 2 Man City 2. City blew a two goal lead to draw against battling Fulham in September 2011.
Referee: M Halsey
This season’s matches: 2, Y4, R2, 3.00 cards per game
Odds: Fulham 10-3, Man City 5-6, Draw 13-5
Subs from: Stockdale, Etheridge, Somogyi, Smith, Kelly, Ruiz, Briggs, Kasami, Richardson, Dejagah, Senderos, Rodallega, Trotta
Doubtful: Dejagah, Richardson, Senderos (all match fitness)
Injured: Berbatov (thigh, 21 Oct), Diarra (knee, Nov), Frei (pelvis, unknown), Davies (hip, unknown)
Form guide: WWLLWL
Disciplinary record: Y4, R0
Leading scorer: Duff 3
Subs from: Pantilimon, Nielsen, Lescott, Milner, Garcia, Kolarov, K Touré, Razak, Sinclair, Tchuimeni-Nimely, Dzeko
Injured: Tevez (match fitness, 3 Oct), Maicon (foot, 6 Oct), Richards (ankle, 21 Oct), Guidetti (leg, 21 Oct), Rodwell (groin, 6 Oct)
Form guide: DDWDWW
Disciplinary record: Y5, R0
Leading scorer: Tevez 3
Fulham have not beaten Man City in their last six meetings.
Fulham v Man City is the most-played Premier League fixture (20 games) that has not featured a red card.
City are unbeaten on their last six visits to Craven Cottage.
City have scored in each of their last 16 league matches against Fulham since a 0-0 at home in March 2004.
Fulham have not kept a clean sheet in their last 14 top-flight home matches against Manchester City since a 1-0 win in old Division One in December 1960.
Fulham have registered three league wins already – they had to wait until the beginning of December to achieve that last season.
Fulham boast the best shot accuracy in the top flight, hitting the target with 68% of them, and have also mustered the most shots on target (41).
Damien Duff has already scored more Premier League goals this season (3) than he managed in 2011-12 (2).
Martin Jol’s side have nine points from their opening five matches, their second best points total at this stage of a Premier League season, and the best since they had 10 points in 2002-03.
Fulham’s tally of 12 goals is the top flight’s joint-highest (along with Man Utd).
Fulham have won their last four league home matches. They last won five top-flight home matches in a row between November to December 1966 in the old Division One.
Players from 14 different countries have represented Fulham in this season’s Premier League, more than any other team.
Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has made a league-high 30 saves this season.
City dropped just two points from the first 36 available last season; in 2012-13, they have already dropped six from the first 15 available.
Man City have allowed their opponents fewest shots in the division this season (15).
The champions have scored 10 goals in their first five league games; at the same stage last season, they had scored 17 times.
City have drawn their last two matches – the last time they drew three in a row was in October-November 2009 when they drew seven on the trot – manager Mark Hughes was sacked the following month.
Roberto Mancini’s side have lost their last two Premier League matches in London – 1-0 at Arsenal in April, and 2-1 at Chelsea in December 2011.
If City concede against Fulham, they will become the first reigning Premier League champions to concede in each of their first six matches of the following season.
City have had 33 corners, more than any other top-flight team.
Prediction: Stuttering City to continue to stutter. We’re going for an entertaining 2-2 draw.